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Appeal after cyclist injured by wire, Wetherby

Appeal after cyclist injured by wire, Wetherby

Published by May Norman at 5:29am 22nd April 2020.

Metal wire causes injury to cyclist in Wetherby

  • A cyclist was injured after metal wire was strung across a woodland path near Wetherby.
  • It knocked him off his bike on Monday afternoon.
  • He was cycling with his son at the time.

Police are appealing for information after a cyclist was injured by a wire deliberately strung across a woodland path near Wetherby.

The 52-year-old man was mountain biking with his son at Wothersome Woods, off Thorner Lane, Bramham, at about 5.30pm on Monday (20 April) when he ran into the thick metal wire causing an injury to his wrist and knocking him off his bike.

Bike injury in Wetherby

Sergeant Dave Lund, of Leeds District Wildlife and Rural Crime Team, said:

“This wire had been deliberately placed across the path with the aim of causing injury to cyclists or walkers.

“The consequences could easily have been more serious and we are treating this incident as an offence of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.

“The position of the wire would have been at head height for a child riding along the path, and the man was being followed by his son.

“This was clearly a very dangerous thing for someone to do and we would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area or who has any information that could assist in identifying who was responsible.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District Wildlife and Rural Crime Team at Garforth Police Station via 101 quoting crime reference 13200196203 or online.

Information can also be given anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.